Inland Rail to assess interest of builders

Construction companies have their first opportunity to be part of the iconic Inland Rail project with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) now calling for Registrations of Interest (ROI) for construction of the Parkes to Narromine section.

A shortlist of companies will be selected from the ROI process and invited to proceed to a formal Expressions of Interest phase.

ARTC Programme Delivery Director for Inland Rail Simon Thomas said construction for Inland Rail is expected to commence in the Parkes to Narromine section in 2018.

“What we need to do is upgrade the already existing 107km rail corridor between Parkes and Narromine that is operated by ARTC as part of our interstate rail network. The work will involve upgrading the track, track formation and culverts in preparation for double-stacked, 1.8km trains,” he said. 

“We also need to provide three new crossing loops at Goonumbla, Peak Hill, and Timjelly.”

Mr Thomas said as Inland Rail progressed there would be more opportunities for industry to benefit, including Australian and local companies.

“We will be following a rigorous process to appoint the right construction partners and suppliers for the each of the thirteen Inland Rail sections,” he said.

Public Exhibition for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) closed on 18 August 2017, with 14 public submissions received.  

“With the EIS for the Parkes to Narromine section currently being considered by the NSW Government, ARTC is getting construction ready,” he said.

Companies that satisfy the evaluation criteria are requested to access the ROI documentation and submit a ROI via website: www.tenderlink.com/inlandrail/

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